PSMS Parent Newsletter

Week of August 8th!

6th Grade Orientation

Wednesday, August 10th-6th Grade Orientation (First day for 6th Graders)

  • 7:45 a.m. -9:50 a.m.-Students report to commons upon arrival. Schedules will be distributed and students will rotate through classes

  • 8:00 a.m.- Coffee with the Principals-This is for any parent who would like to meet the faces of PSMS. We will have a question and answer time.

  • Panther Kick Off- 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Locker Distribution, Picture Day, Order Spirit Wear, Pre-Ordered P.E. Uniforms

1st Full Day-August 11th

Thursday, August 11th-First Day of School/Back to School Night

  • School Begins at 7:45 a.m.
  • School Ends at 2:50 p.m.
  • Back to School Night is from 6:00-7:25 for 7th and 8th grades (See schedule below)
  • Back to School Night is from 6:00-8:00 for 6th grade (See schedule below)
  • Your child should bring home a schedule for you. You will need this to know what classes you will be attending. Please feel free to use the schedule that will be on ParentVue as well.

Prairie Star Middle School

Class Schedule for Back to School Night

This is a special night for parents. We look forward to seeing you!

6th Grade Class Schedule


Hour

Teacher

Room #

Subject


1st Hour(5:55-6:15)


2nd Hour(6:19-6:24)


3rd Hour(6:28-6:33)

6th grade to commons for Explo


4th Hour(6:37-6:42)

6th grade to commons for Explo


5th Hour(6:46-6:51)


6th Hour(6:55-7:00)


7th Hour(7:04-7:09)


8th Hour(7:13-7:18)


6th grade parent orientation in commons(7:25-8:00)


*World Language will not meet tonight. Please go to your child’s Guided Study / Guided Discovery.



Prairie Star Middle School

Class Schedule for Back to School Night

This is a special night for parents. We look forward to seeing you!

7th Grade Class Schedule

Hour

Teacher

Room #

Subject


1st Hour(5:55-6:15)


2nd Hour(6:19-6:24)


3rd Hour(6:28-6:33)


4th Hour(6:37-6:42)


5th Hour(6:46-6:51)


6th Hour(6:55-7:00)


7th Hour(7:04-7:09)


8th Hour(7:13-7:18)


*PE will not meet tonight. Please go to your child’s Guided Study / Guided Discovery.

Prairie Star Middle School

Class Schedule for Back to School Night

This is a special night for parents. We look forward to seeing you!

8th Grade Class Schedule

Hour

Teacher

Room #

Subject


1st Hour(5:55-6:15)


2nd Hour(6:19-6:24)


3rd Hour(6:28-6:33)


4th Hour(6:37-6:42)


5th Hour(6:46-6:51)


6th Hour(6:55-7:00)


7th Hour(7:04-7:09)


8th Hour(7:13-7:18)


*PE will not meet tonight. Please go to your child’s Guided Study / Guided Discovery.

Back to School Bash for 8th Grade

Greetings 8th Grade Parents!

Prairie Star is getting ready to host our first ever 8th Grade Back to School Bash. The event will be held Friday, August 19th (3:00-5:00). Tickets will be on sale before school and during lunch on Friday, August 19th for $10 per student. Each ticket includes a snack and beverage. Additional snacks and beverages will be available for a minimal cost. We hope the 8th graders will join us for a wrecking ball inflatable, an obstacle course inflatable, a basketball tournament, a volleyball tournament, games in the library, and a dance floor.

In order to make this event a success we are looking for volunteers to help the day of the event. Your time commitment will be from 10:45-11:35 AM to sell tickets during the 8th grade lunch period and/ or 2:30-5:15 pm that day for the event.
This should be a great event and we are looking forward to working with you all.

We're using SignUp.com (formerly known as Volunteer Spot) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the link below to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/qSWGyc

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

http://signup.com/go/qSWGyc

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Mary Garretson

Tricia Bath

Julie Karner

Early Release Dates for 2016-2017

There has been a small change in the amount and frequency of our Early Release dates for the coming school year. Please note, we will only be having 9 Early Release days this year. The original calendar had 13 dates for Early Release. On Early Release, students must be picked up at 1:10. The following nine Tuesdays will be Early Release dates for this year:

  • August 30
  • September 13
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6
  • January 24
  • February 7
  • March 28
  • April 18

Changes made to 2016-17 calendar

The Blue Valley Board of Education approved calendar modifications at its Aug. 8 meeting that impact the elementary and middle school early release schedule for the 2016-17 school year.

These changes to the 2016-17 calendar will help meet the ongoing professional development needs of our staff while students remain in school. In an effort to maximize time in the classroom, the district eliminated some early release days in close proximity to other days students have off from school (i.e. holiday breaks, conferences, etc.).

The changes for 2016-17 include removing early release dates for elementary and middle school students on:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016;

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017;

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017; and

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017

No other changes were made to the 2016-17 calendar. To view the revised 2016-17 calendar or to subscribe to the district calendar through Microsoft Outlook or your Apple and Android devices, go to www.bluevalleyk12.org/calendar. If you are already subscribed, these calendar changes will update automatically.

Sign up for BV Alerts, Blue Valley’s emergency notification system

It’s time to sign up or update your preferences on Blue Valley’s emergency notification system, BV Alerts. If you have already signed up to receive emergency text messages, there is no need to sign up again. If you are a new subscriber or if you need to update information or preferences, such as your child’s school, go to www.bluevalleyk12.org/bvalerts. Signing up or updating information is quick and simple. Simply follow the instructions to personalize the system to meet your needs.


Text message alerts will only be used to communicate emergency messages from the district and/or schools and closings due to inclement weather. It is important to understand that BV Alerts does not replace current district emergency or school closing communication practices such as email and posting information on the district website. The alert system is merely an additional tool to send urgent information out to the community in a timely manner. If you have any questions regarding BV Alerts, please call 239-4043.

Invest in PSMS

When you complete Registration for the 2016-2017 school year, don’t forget to Invest in PSMS!
  • The PTO is asking for $100 per family for Invest in PSMS.
  • These funds are used for items like Taking Care of Business (TCB), TCB bus, Classroom Teacher Requests, Panther Nights, Speakers, Student Rewards/Celebrations, Club/Intermural Supplies, Competitions Helping PSMS families in need, etc.
  • The PTO would like to donate a portion of the Invest in PSMS to PSMS Technology needs.

Thank you so very much-

Your PSMS PTO

Fall Sports-Athletic Forms

Fall Sports

Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country will have their first practice on Monday, August 15th. Please make sure you have your physical paperwork turned in and completed to the front office. Your child will not be able to participate without this paperwork complete.

Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (attached) dated after May 1, 2016

will be required. As you make your summer doctor's appointments don't forget to have the attached document filled out. There are other documents required for participation and they can be found at the following link

Athletics Participation Packet​

Let us know if you have questions!

8th Grade Football-Steve Essex SEssex@bluevalleyk12.org

8th Grade Volleyball-Bob Dickerson RDickerson@bluevalleyk12.org

7th/8th Cross Country-Jenna Rietzke JLRietzke@bluevalleyk12.org

Important Dates-

August 10th- 6th grade orientation 7:50-9:50 a.m.
August 10th- Coffee with the principals 8:00 a.m.

August 10th-Panther Kick Off Part 2 10:30-2:30 p.m.

August 11th-First Day of School 7:50-2:50 p.m.

August 11th-Back to School Night 6:00-7:30 p.m. (parent only event)

August 15th-First Day of Football Practice

August 15th-First Day of Volleyball Tryouts

August 15th-First Day of Cross Country

August 16th-Fall Play Informational Meeting @ 3:00 in commons

August 19th-8th Grade Panther Night 3:00-5:00 p.m.

August 24th-Fall Play Auditions

August 25th-Fall Play Auditions

August 30th-Early Release, dismissal at 1:10